So, I am home from a rather unpleasant trip to Taiwan. The weather was unseasonably cold (yes, its winter, but it doesn't usually get so cold and wet and gray). The birds were thin on the ground. Most of Taiwan is not set up to deal with cold weather, so there was no heat on our bus, in our hotels or in the restaurants that we ate in. My cold weather clothing got a lot of wear and could probably crawl to the washer itself at this point!
To make an unpleasant trip worse, I caught a nasty cold halfway through, complete with hacking cough. Staying in cold, uncomfortable hotels did nothing to help. Also, our ground agent (who ordered the food for us) didn't seem to care if we actually liked the food he was providing. I can't tell you how many evenings at the end I just ate a couple of bowls of rice and decided I'd eat when I got home.
So I've been under the weather for over a week even when I made it home to my nice soft bed in my warm house and where I get to choose the menu. I've even been too groggy to have much interest in reading, something which is completely unlike myself.
So it is with great relief that I find myself feeling better and ready to tackle my stack of library books! I'm going to hear Marlon James at a guest lecture next week, so I am plugging away at A Brief History of Seven Killings. I'm finding it slow going, but I think I'm finding the rhythm and expect to make a dent on it this weekend.
Bellevue Square is not what I expected--I hope to finish it off tonight or tomorrow night. I'm reading it for the B in my alphabetical title challenge. Alias Grace will count toward both my Female Author A to Z challenge and my PopSugar challenge (a book about a villain or an anti-hero).
Then I get to treat myself to An Enchantment of Ravens and The Lost Plot, two books that I've really been looking forward to. Plus get introduced to Wodehouse's Jeeves in The Inimitable Jeeves.
And finally, Vlad : The Last Confession is by a new favourite author, Chris Humphreys, who I met at a convention last summer. I recommended that our public library acquire the book and it has finally arrived!
Its still cold here in Calgary and we've had a pile of snow, so I will quite happily hide in my house this weekend, cuddled up with my books.